localresponse, buzzd, ipsh! eniac
With 14 years experience in innovating marketing technologies through founding 5 startups to date and investing in over 70, Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Nihal is currently the founder & executive chairman of LocalResponse, Inc. which makes ads more relevant from social signals. LocalResponse was named to Forbes 2013 list as #67 of America's Most Promising Companies and #568 on the 2013 Inc. 5000's Fastest Growing Companies. Prior to LocalResponse, (which pivoted from buzzd, the first mobile real-time city guide), Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal is also a general partner at the world's first venture fund focused on mobile-first companies, ENIAC ventures; a general partner of the India Internet Group which incubates and invests in Indian startups; and is an active angel investor including Admob (sold to Google), Swiftkey, Tapad & Uber. Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science.